I just receives this
from Data Doctors, a computer service that offers excellent information on all
things related to computers and how we used them. There has been so much talk
about "losing our cyber privacy" that I thought I share
The recent bill passed
by both houses of Congress will essentially overturn a rule passed by the
previous FCC chairman that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
to ask for your permission before sharing your browsing and usage data with
The rule was never
put in place, so in a sense, the recent bill leaves things the way that they
have always been.
Knows The Most
Regardless of any regulations,
your ISP has and always will know the most about how you generally use the
Internet as a normal course of providing you their
The issue is really
more of what they can do with that information, which is now a confusing mess
that’s up in the air.
Facebook and Google can only track you when you’re using their resources or
their associated third parties, which admittedly, is pretty extensive but your
ISP logs every site that you visit.
For clarity, when
you visit encrypted sites (those that start with https://), your ISP can see
that you went there, but they can’t see what you do within the site, so much of
the ‘privacy’ that many people want already exists.
Using a VPN, which stands for Virtual
Private Network, will reduce your ISPs ability to track where you go online
because everything you do after you connect to a VPN is masked in a private
Your ISP would then
only see you connecting to the VPN, but nothing afterwards, but there are
If you decide to us a VPN service,
you’re essentially trading WHO can see everything you’re doing from your ISP to
your VPN service provider.
Can you trust a VPN
service provider any more than your ISP? That‘s the primary question you’ll
have to answer yourself before making the change, so make sure you’ve thoroughly
researched any company before you start using their service (some of them are
based in other countries and aren’t necessarily subject to our privacy
Keep in mind that a
free VPN service is most likely selling your browsing history to pay for the
service and even some pay services could do the same because there’s no
regulatory body overseeing these companies.
Some VPNs can also
degrade performance, depending upon the quality of their network and can be
confusing for non-technical users.
advocates often choose to spend the money to setup their own VPN server, but
that’s not a very realistic option for most people.
Privacy: All or Nothing
Using a VPN might
limit how much your ISP knows about your browsing habits, but that won’t stop
the dozens of other ways you’re being tracked every day by lots of
If you’re truly
concerned about privacy, you’ll need to completely change what you use to browse
the web, how you maintain your computer and stop using all of the most popular
websites and social networks as a real person.